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Dec 16, 2010 05:04 AM

Gourmet Spice/Extracts Gifts for Baker near Willow Grove, PA

I'd like to get a Christmas gift for a friend, who is an avid baker. I thought a small gift set of gourmet spices/extracts might do the trick. Does anyone know where I could find something like that in the Willow Grove Area??

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  1. Penzy's is a wonderful spice shop! They're a chain - the one I've been to is in Chestnut Hill - but there may be closer locations. Check their website.

    They have EVERYTHING spice wise you could imagine - and some of their own custom blends - oils, extracts, baking and soup mixes too.

    Good luck.

    17 Replies
    1. re: ssturn

      Penzy's in Chestnut Hill is by far your best bet. They are open on Sundays, so maybe you can go at 11 & avoid some of the holiday crowds.

      Get her some of their Baking Spice. Actually, they have a baker's sampler pack for under $10. Last year was my "Christmas of Spices". I bought many of the spices in bulk & then repackaged them into smaller glass jars to make up gifts for friends and family, and included a coy of the current catalog. I am addicted to their Pasta Sprinkle, but love that Baker's Spice in my opatmeal.

      1. re: PattiCakes

        I second Penzey's. A fabulous place and certainly worth the drive from Willow Grove! All sorts of combo them beforehand to see what they have.

        1. re: gardens4me

          I third Penzey's. Chestnut Hill is the only local location, but it's well worth the trip. Really no need to even call--just go to the website provided by Patti and you can get an idea. The double strength vanilla extract makes any recipe better. And their cocoa powder is fabulous.

          What makes the store so much better than the website is that every spice and blend has jars you can open and smell. And there are recipe cards throughout the store which provide great ideas. Hence, my problem that my spice rack has turned into a spice cabinet, largely filled with Penzey's products.

          And while you're in Chestnut Hill, you can check out the cheese store, 10,000 villages, the candy store (whose name I always forget, but I never forget to visit), and other great unique gift spots.

        2. re: PattiCakes

          I also recommend heading to CH and checking out Penzey's! They have everything you could possibly need.

          1. re: crazyspice

            Except, oddly enough, no peppermint extract. See my post above, I heartily agree with Penzey's, but I think we need a peppermint extract petition ;)

            Should I mention, some of my favorite dessert recipes are chocolate and peppermint?

            1. re: gaffk

              I should mention, I am not a mint person, but I will petition on your behalf! We were just on vacation in Florida. One afternoon I spent an hour walking around the Penzey's in Winter Park. There was another spice and tea shop there and I spent a bit of time there as well.

              1. re: crazyspice

                I appreciate your sacrifice :) I don't understand how Penzey's can have so many extracts without mint.

                And have you visited TeaVana in Willow Grove? The best tea shop ever!

                1. re: gaffk

                  I have not been there. I will check it out after the holidays.

                  1. re: gaffk

                    Where in Willow Grove is it? I'm up that way frequently and haven't seen it

                    1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                      No, not in in Willow Grove. Chestnut Hill, not too far away.

                      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                        If you are asking about TeaVana, that is in the mall.

                        1. re: PattiCakes

                          Yes, TeaVana is on the second floor of the Willow Grove mall. They have some really fabulous loose leaf teas and can recommend some interesting tea mixes as well.

                          1. re: gaffk

                            No cheap, but really good stuff. As a matter of fact, I am brewing up a pot of Jasmine right now in my office.

                            1. re: PattiCakes

                              Yes, just got back from a holiday lunch with a good friend. I gave her these amazing flowering teas I got there.

              2. re: PattiCakes

                Penzey's is doing their little mini gift set for bakers for 7.95 right now - 4 small jars with spices. Same with their mini-grill set. I am giving them as hostess gifts all season. BTW - my fave is the shallot pepper - use it on everything! And the Raspberry Enlightenment over avacado salad is inspirational!

                  1. re: doxiemom

                    Agree. Those mini gift sets are wonderful. I need to go to the store and get more of the Pasta Sprinkle. I put it in my spaghette sauce and in parmesan bread. Love that shallot pepper too. I will have to try the Raspberry Enlightenment.

              3. Me, nine-hundred and fifty-two for Penzey's.

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                1. re: sunshine842

                  I do believe this is a first: a unanimous recommendation?

                  1. re: gaffk

                    Penzeys penzeys penzeys!

                    Give a pound of their cocoa for baking - stunning stuff that leaves Hersheys in the dust!

                    1. re: gaffk

                      Anyone who has ever stepped foot in Penzey's would have to agree! I have friends who can only order online and would not consider another source.

                      1. re: crazyspice

                        I feel sorry for those friends: the smelling jars and recipe cards are so much a part of the experience for me.

                        But if I moved too far from a Penzeys store, I'd still be happy getting the cocoa, vanilla, ginger, spice combos, etc. that no other store can offer. (Then again, I'd never move too far from Chestnut Hill ;)